Great talk from ‘renowned media guru’ Tony Schwartz (no, me neither) about how it’s not how much time you have, but what you do with it that counts. The obvious is stated repeatedly – it’s not multitasking, it’s spreading yourself too thin; giving your full attention to one thing results in better work than giving a little bit to everything; email is evil, but addictive; working instead of sleeping will not make you more productive – but all of it is worth hearing again, especially Tony’s suggestion that our ability to work follows the same 90 minute cycle format as our sleep. Basically, everything he said explained my current struggle to get my head into anything like a creative space, so in future I’ll be sleeping more and turning the internet off.
Two amazing Japanese TV ads from the ’90s starring the one and only James Brown.
A prime example of how some people can be and can act so uncool that they become a whole new definition of cool. Far from being his ‘sell out’ moment, the ever individual Brown embraces the act of selling just-add-water-instant-noodles so fully, and with such complete disregard for what the viewing public might think of a legend of his stature and credibility quite literately selling his soul, that he delivers a soul-selling-noodle-ad like only James Brown could, and that in itself is amazingly cool. Misoba!
There is an advert that pops up every so often over there on the right hand side. It may or may not be there now. Have a look. It’s one of these google ads that is generated according to surrounding content. It features a picture of a very smiley bald man with a laptop (or sometimes an equally delirious lady with lovely long hair and a laptop) and above his head it cheerily reads: Why not be a writer?
I think the same thing every time I see it.
BECAUSE IT HURTS AND MAKES ME WANT TO BREAK THINGS.
Dan Gennoe is a London based freelance journalist & author. He's written features, interviews and reviews for the likes of Esquire, GQ, Arena, FHM, Q Magazine, Mojo, Red, Time Out, The Independent and The Mail On Sunday. Dan also writes books, both fiction and non-fiction, and has ghost written the odd celebrity biography.
Welcome to dangennoe.net the centre of my online digital whatever. Everything from journalism cuttings and news on current writing projects - two novels, one non-fiction book and a film project - to randomly blogged rubbish that I find while trawling the internet as I attempt to look busy and avoid doing any actual writing, every last bit of it is here.